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Jeffrey Toobin slams Trump’s ‘grotesque abuse of power’

Tell us how you really feel, Jeffrey Toobin.

The New Yorker writer is normally poised when delivering his legal analysis on CNN. But after President Donald J. Trump’s firing of James Comey as FBI director, Toobin couldn’t hold back.

After the news broke, Toobin described the move as “a grotesque abuse of power by the president” — an impassioned statement that quickly went viral on social media.

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Comey, who the Trump administration said was fired over his handling of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, is leading an investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

Speaking live on CNN, Toobin said the move is “not normal” and “not politics as usual.”

“This is the kind of thing that goes on in non-democracies, that when there is an investigation that reaches near the president of the United States — or the leader of a non-democracy — they fire the people who are in charge of the investigation,” Toobin said.

“I have not seen anything like this since October 20, 1973, when President Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor. . . that firing led indirectly but certainly to the resignation of President Nixon, and this is very much in this tradition,” he continued. “This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is something that is completely outside how American law is supposed to work.”

At the end of his analysis, Toobin became visibly ruffled, at one point asking, “I mean, what kind of country is this?”

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As the camera panned back to Wolf Blitzer, the CNN anchor replied, “Strong words from Jeffrey Toobin,” before launching back into his report.

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